Civil War battlefield added to English Heritage list

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A site in Cornwall has been added to an official register of English Civil War battlefields, marking the first time that the list has been edited since it was drawn up in 1995. The area, near the town of Lostwithiel, was the scene of two separate battles during August and September 1644, but was not included in the original English Heritage register due to a lack of information about the nature and location of the fighting.

Frank Baldwin is chairman of the Battlefields Trust, which made an application to English Heritage for the site to be included. He said: “Over the past couple of decades, we have learned more about the battle. People have examined the evidence there and brought it to light… Developments in scientific techniques — such as massively improved metal detecting — allow us to learn so much more than we could even 20 years ago.” For more about the English Civil War, don’t miss the September issue of BBC History Magazine, on sale from 15 August.

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